Proceedings of consensus conference on simultaneous liver kidney transplantation (SLK)

J. D. Eason, T. A. Gonwa, C. L. Davis, R. S. Sung, D. Gerber, R. D. Bloom

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A consensus conference sponsored by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), American Society of Transplantation (AST), United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN) convened to examine simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation (SLK). Directors from the 25 largest liver transplant programs along with speakers with recognized expertise attended. The purposes of this conference were to propose indications for SLK, to establish a prospective data registry and, most importantly, to recommend standard listing criteria for these patients. Scientific registry of transplant recipients data, and single center data regarding chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI) in conjunction with liver failure as a basis for SLK was presented and discussed. The consensus was that Regional Review Boards (RRB) should determine listing for SLK, as with other MELD exceptions, with automatic approval for: (i) End-stage renal disease with cirrhosis and symptomatic portal hypertension or hepatic vein wedge pressure gradient ≥ 10 mm Hg (ii) Liver failure and CKD with GFR ≤ 30 mL/min (iii) AKI or hepatorenal syndrome with creatinine ≥ 2.0 mg/dL and dialysis ≥ 8 weeks (iv) Liver failure and CKD and biopsy demonstrating > 30% glomerulosclerosis or 30% fibrosis. The RRB would evaluate all other requests to determine appropriateness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2243-2251
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Combined transplants
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Liver transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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